New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 18:1-33

Three Men Visit Abraham

1The Lord appeared to Abraham near the large trees of Mamre. Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent. It was the hottest time of the day. 2Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. So he quickly left the entrance to his tent to greet them. He bowed low to the ground.

3He said, “My lord, if you are pleased with me, don’t pass me by. 4Let me get you some water. Then all of you can wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5Let me get you something to eat to give you strength. Then you can go on your way. I want to do this for you now that you have come to me.”

“All right,” they answered. “Do as you say.”

6So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick!” he said. “Get about 36 pounds of the finest flour. Prepare it and bake some bread.”

7Then he ran over to the herd. He picked out a choice, tender calf. He gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8Then he brought some butter and milk and the calf that had been prepared. He served them to the three men. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.

9“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.

“Over there in the tent,” he said.

10Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year. Your wife Sarah will have a son.”

Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11Abraham and Sarah were already very old. Sarah was too old to have a baby. 12So she laughed to herself. She thought, “I’m worn out, and my husband is old. Can I really know the joy of having a baby?”

13Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Will I really have a baby, now that I am old?’ 14Is anything too hard for me? I will return to you at the appointed time next year. Sarah will have a son.”

15Sarah was afraid. So she lied and said, “I didn’t laugh.”

But the Lord said, “Yes, you laughed.”

Abraham Pleads for Sodom

16The men got up to leave. They looked down toward Sodom. Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17Then the Lord said, “Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18He will certainly become a great and powerful nation. All nations on earth will be blessed because of him. 19I have chosen him. He must direct his children to live in the way that pleases me. And he must direct the members of his family after him to do the same. So he must guide all of them in doing what is right and fair. Then I, the Lord, will do for Abraham what I have promised him.”

20The Lord also said, “The cries against Sodom and Gomorrah are very great. Their sin is so bad 21that I will go down and see for myself. I want to see if what they have done is as bad as the cries that have reached me. If it is not, then I will know.”

22The men turned away and went toward Sodom. But Abraham remained standing in front of the Lord. 23Then Abraham came up to him. He said, “Will you sweep away godly people along with those who are evil? 24What if there are 50 godly people in the city? Will you really sweep it away? Won’t you spare the place because of the 50 godly people in it? 25You would never kill godly people along with those who are evil, would you? Would you treat them all alike? You would never do anything like that! Won’t the Judge of the whole earth do what is right?”

26The Lord said, “If I find 50 godly people in the city of Sodom, I will spare it. I will spare the whole place because of them.”

27Then Abraham spoke up again. He said, “I have been very bold to speak to the Lord. After all, I’m only dust and ashes. 28What if the number of godly people is five fewer than 50? Will you destroy the whole city because there are five fewer people?”

“If I find 45 there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

29Once again Abraham spoke to him. He asked, “What if only 40 are found there?”

He said, “If there are 40, I will not do it.”

30Then Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me. Let me speak. What if only 30 can be found there?”

He answered, “If I find 30, I will not do it.”

31Abraham said, “I have been very bold to speak to the Lord. What if only 20 can be found there?”

He said, “If I find 20, I will not destroy it.”

32Then he said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me. Let me speak just one more time. What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “If I find ten, I will not destroy it.”

33When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left. And Abraham returned home.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 18:1-33

Onyankopɔn Hyɛ Abraham Ne Sara Awoɔ Ho Bɔ

1Awia ketee bi a Abraham te ne ntomadan a ɛwɔ Mamrɛ odum kwaeɛ ɛkwan ano no, Awurade yii ne ho adi bio kyerɛɛ no. 2Abraham maa nʼani so no, ɔhunuu sɛ mmarima baasa bi apue ne ntentenesoɔ. Ɔhunuu wɔn no, ɔtuu mmirika firii ne ntomadan no kwan ano kɔhyiaa wɔn, kotoo wɔn.

3Abraham kaa sɛ, “Me wura, sɛ manya adom wɔ wʼanim a, ntwa me a meyɛ wʼakoa ho nkɔ. 4Momma wɔmfa nsuo bi mmrɛ mo nhohoro mo nan ase, na monhome wɔ nnua yi ase kakra. 5Moaba mo akoa nkyɛn yi, momma mempɛ aduane kakra bi mma monka mo ano, na monnya ahoɔden nkɔ mo kwan.” Nnipa no penee so kaa sɛ,

“Ɛyɛ, yɛ deɛ wopɛ sɛ woyɛ.”

6Enti, Abraham de ahoɔherɛ kɔɔ ne yere Sara nkyɛn wɔ ntomadan no mu, ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Ka wo ho fa asikyiresiam pa susukora mmiɛnsa, na fɔtɔ na fa to burodo.”

7Afei, Abraham yɛɛ ntɛm kɔɔ nʼanantwibuo no mu, kɔkyeree nantwie ba a ɔyɛ na wadɔre sradeɛ de no maa ne ɔsomfoɔ, ma ɔde ahoɔherɛ yɛɛ ne ho adwuma. 8Afei, ɔfaa nufosuo ani sradeɛ ne nufosuo ne nantwie ba a ɔde anoa aduane no, de too nnipa baasa no ɛpono. Ɛberɛ a nnipa no gu so redidie no, na ɔgyina wɔn nkyɛn wɔ nnua no ase.

9Nnipa no bisaa Abraham sɛ, “Wo yere Sara wɔ he?”

Abraham buaa wɔn sɛ, “Ɔwɔ ntomadan no mu.”

10Afei, Awurade kaa sɛ, “Deɛ ɛbɛyɛ biara, afe sɛsɛɛ mɛba wo nkyɛn, na mɛba no, na wo yere Sara awo ɔbabarima.”

Saa ɛberɛ no, na Sara gyina ntomadan no ɛpono akyiri, retie nkɔmmɔ no. 11Na Abraham ne Sara nyinaa anyinyini yie a wɔn mfeɛ akɔ animu koraa enti, na Sara awoɔ apa ho. 12Sara tee asɛm no, ɔseree ne tirim, kaa sɛ, “Manya awie aberewabɔ, na me kunu nso abɔ akɔkoraa yi, ɛbɛyɛ sɛn na manya saa anigyedeɛ yi?”

13Enti, Awurade bisaa Abraham sɛ, “Adɛn enti na Sara sere bisaa sɛ, ‘Ampa ara sɛ manyini aduru seyie yi, mɛtumi awo ba?’ 14Biribi boro Awurade ahoɔden so sɛ ɔbɛyɛ? Afe sɛsɛɛ a mɛsane aba sɛdeɛ mahyɛ wo ho bɔ no, na wo yere Sara awo ɔbabarima.”

15Na Sara suro enti, ɔtwaa atorɔ sɛ, “Mansere.”

Nanso, Onyankopɔn kaa sɛ, “Ɛyɛ nokorɛ turodoo sɛ wosereeɛ.”

Abraham Di Ma Sodom

16Mmarima no kraa sɛ wɔrekɔ no, wɔde wɔn ani kyerɛɛ Sodom. Abraham kɔgyaa wɔn kwan. 17Afei, Awurade kaa sɛ, “Adeɛ a mabɔ me tirim sɛ mɛyɛ no, memfa nsie Abraham anaa? 18Ɛyɛ nokorɛ turodoo sɛ Abraham bɛyɛ ɔman kɛseɛ a ɛwɔ tumi. Na ɛnam Abraham so na wɔbɛhyira amanaman a ɛwɔ asase so nyinaa. 19Ɛfiri sɛ, mapa Abraham sɛ ɔbɛkyerɛkyerɛ ne mma ne ne fiefoɔ Awurade kwan. Na wɔayɛ ade pa ne ade tenenee a ɛsɔ Awurade ani. Sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a Awurade bɔ a ɔhyɛɛ Abraham no bɛba mu.”

20Afei, Awurade kaa sɛ, “Mate nnebɔne a ɛyɛ duru a ɛrekɔ so wɔ Sodom ne Gomora no. 21Mɛkɔ hɔ makɔhwɛ sɛ, deɛ wɔyɛ no yɛ bɔne a ɛyɛ duru, sɛdeɛ mate no anaa. Sɛ ɛnte saa nso a, mɛhunu.”

22Na mmarima baasa no mu baanu danee wɔn ani kyerɛɛ Sodom. Nanso, Abraham deɛ, na ɔda so gyina Awurade anim. 23Afei, Abraham twe bɛn Onyankopɔn bisaa no sɛ, “Wobɛsɛe nnipa tenenee ne nnipa bɔnefoɔ nyinaa afra anaa? 24Na sɛ nnipa tenenee aduonum wɔ kuro no mu a wobɛsɛe kuro no a worenhwɛ saa nnipa tenenee aduonum no ho nnyae kuro no sɛeɛ? 25Ɛmpare wo sɛ wobɛyɛ saa, sɛ wobɛkum nnipa tenenee ne nnipa bɔnefoɔ afra, de asotwe korɔ no ara bɛma nnipa tenenee ne nnipa bɔnefoɔ. Ɛmpare wo! Deɛ ɔbu asase nyinaa atɛn no remmu atɛntenenee anaa?”

26Na Awurade kaa sɛ, “Sɛ mehunu nnipa tenenee aduonum wɔ Sodom kuro no mu a, wɔn enti, merensɛe kuro no.”

27Na Abraham bisaa sɛ, “Afei, me a meyɛ nsõ ne dɔteɛ a mensɛ hwee, nanso masi me bo ne Awurade akasa yi, 28sɛ ɛba sɛ nnipa tenenee no dodoɔ yɛ aduanan enum nso ɛ? Esiane saa nnipa enum a wɔafiri nnipa tenenee aduonum no so ama aka nnipa tenenee aduanan enum no enti, wobɛsɛe kuro mu no nyinaa anaa?”

Onyankopɔn buaa sɛ, “Sɛ mehunu nnipa tenenee aduanan enum wɔ kuro no mu a, merensɛe no.”

29Abraham toaa nʼadebisa no so sɛ, “Sɛ ɛba sɛ, nnipa tenenee aduanan pɛ na wɔwɔ kuro no mu ɛ?”

Na Awurade buaa Abraham sɛ, “Nnipa tenenee aduanan no enti, merensɛe kuro no.”

30Abraham kɔɔ so srɛɛ bio sɛ, “Mesrɛ wo, Awurade, mma wo bo mfu me, ma menkasa. Sɛ ɛba sɛ nnipa tenenee aduasa na wɔwɔ kuro no mu nso ɛ?”

Awurade buaa sɛ, “Sɛ mehunu nnipa tenenee aduasa a, merensɛe kuro no.”

31Afei, Abraham bisaa sɛ, “Masi me bo ne Awurade akasa yi, ɛba sɛ nnipa tenenee aduonu pɛ na wɔwɔ kuro no mu ɛ?”

Onyankopɔn buaa sɛ, “Saa nnipa tenenee aduonu no enti, merensɛe kuro no.”

32Abraham kɔɔ so bisaa sɛ, “Ao, Awurade, mma wo bo mfu me; ma memmisa mʼasɛm baako pɛ a ɛtwa toɔ. Sɛ ɛba sɛ, nnipa tenenee edu na wɔwɔ kuro no mu nso ɛ?”

Awurade buaa sɛ, “Saa nnipa tenenee edu no enti, merensɛe kuro no.”

33Ɛberɛ a Awurade ne Abraham kasa wieeɛ no, ɔgyaa Abraham hɔ kɔeɛ. Abraham nso sane kɔɔ nʼatenaeɛm.